School of Music, Theatre
and Dance

Varner Hall, Room 207
371 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
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Academic Office: (248) 370-2030
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Joseph Shively

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Associate Professor of Music Education
Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

(248) 370-4945

Joe Shively currently serves as Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Associate Professor of Music Education. He has taught a wide range of music education courses including instrumental music education methods, marching band methods, contemporary trends in music education, and research in music education.

He holds degrees in music education from Limestone College and the University of Illinois. While at Illinois, Dr. Shively served as Associate Editor of the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education and Coordinator of Band Programs for the Office of Continuing Education and Public Service in Music.

Before beginning graduate study, he served as Director of Bands at Lewisville High School and Middle School and Clover High School in South Carolina. Dr. Shively has served as an adjudicator, arranger, clinician, drill designer, and program consultant for concert, jazz, and marching bands and orchestras throughout the United States. He is active as a conductor and clinician with middle school and high school bands, as well as honor bands, throughout Michigan and serves as a guest conductor with the Oakland University Wind Symphony.

His publications on constructivist learning approaches include chapters in Dimensions of Musical Learning and Teaching (National Association for Music Education: MENC) and Musical Understanding, (Canadian Music Educators Association), and Questioning the Music Education Paradigm, also published by CMEA, as well as articles in Arts Education Policy Review, The Media Journal of Music Education, Kansas Music Review, and Michigan Music Educator.
Additionally, Dr. Shively currently serves on the Board of Advisors for the National Conference on Percussion Pedagogy. Having made presentations in the US, Canada, Japan, and Uganda, his areas of interests include constructivist learning and teaching, instrumental music, teacher education, and philosophy.